January 7th, 2010
|08:04 pm - Now on The Apocalyse Channel|
teaotter & I were looking for something to watch and made the mistake of looking at the History Channel. For the next 24 hours, everything on the History Channel that isn't late night paid programming & a one hour Modern Marvels on copper, is apocalyptic - shows on the Mayan 2012 prophecy, comets hitting the Earth, how civilization will end by 2100 and all manner of similar stuff. I'm simultaneously amused, annoyed, and appalled. That channel used to have interesting shows (at least for someone like myself who finds a Modern Marvels on the history of modern refrigeration fascinating), and now it's The Apocalypse Channel. Some people have always been fascinated by apocalypses, but the current obsession is far more widespread, and I can't wait for it to end. Wow/Ugh.
Current Mood: annoyed
|Date:||January 8th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)|| |
They've always gone through theme periods, like focusing on bible stories or Hitler. Like any channel, they tend to go with whatever seems to get the highest ratings; and like any channel, it's almost unwatchable as a result.
Or vampires at Samhain.
Or zombies at Samhain on A&E.
|Date:||January 8th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)|| |
> I can't wait for it to end
Be careful how you phrase things.
I'm waiting for the History Channel to team up with the Discovery Channel to produce Shark Apocalypse!
They didn't already? Their programming sounds identical as far as I can tell.
I noticed that the History Channel went down the corporate whoredom road a while back. I liked it better back in the late nineties when they always had stuff about the pharaohs and other ancient Egyptian topics.
Rather like TLC did years back. I much preferred it when it was actually The Learning Channel... And you actually learned things from it. That;s where I first encountered James Burke's Connections series and Day the Universe Changed, never mind A Practical Guide to the Universe.
|Date:||January 8th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)|| |
It goes in cycles - in the 70s SF & lots of popular media were filled with images of apocalypses, and things were considerably less cynical than they are now. For the 80s & 90s, apocalypses fell out of fashion.
2 more years, and we will never have to hear about it again except in that vague, "you remember the y2k scare, wasn't that silly?" sort of way.
|Date:||January 8th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)|| |
Some people have always been fascinated by apocalypses, but the current obsession is far more widespread, and I can't wait for it to end.
On the winter solstice! In 2012!
(Sorry. I'm a terrible person.)
|Date:||January 8th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)|| |
You'll be waiting a long time, I'm afraid.
I would estimate that the serious Apocalypse talk will probibly not be over for at least another 100 years or so.
For whatever reason, people seem to be interested in the idea of a sudden, immmediate, "winner take all", end of the world scenario.
Just look at the "Left Behind" series. Actually, don't. It's really, really terrible.
|Date:||January 8th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: You'll be waiting a long time, I'm afraid.
As I mentioned above, apocaclypses were really big in the 70s and for the last decade or so, but not nearly as much in the 80s & 90s (at least until 97 or so), so I expect this to pass in no more than a decade, and likely less (with luck, in 2013, it will fall out of fashion).
Rab and I have started calling it the Mythology Channel. Every time we tune in they're showing either the Seven Deadly Sins, something about Jesus, or UFOs. I admit to being interested in UFOs (have been since I was about 7 and used to look out my window at night wishing the UFOs would take me away) but it's not History, not really.
The whole biblical archaeology thing kind of leaves a very bad taste of bad science in my mouth. I suspect all the 2012 and apocalyptic stuff is a side effect of the biblical archaeology that the channel's been pushing since the Bush administration.
Better on TV than some jackass thinking it's a good idea and trying to cook up an X-threat in their basement.